Point-and-Shoot Heaven: Photographing a Flower Garden Just Before Dusk

rudbeckia, echinacea and liatris grow along  garden walk between a shingled house and a woods near minneapolis. Photo by Barbara Newhall

Yellow rudbeckia, pink echinacea and spiked liatris grow along a garden walk. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

A little rain, a little dirt, a little sun, some red wiggler worms, and a few kitchen scraps and you’ve got yourself a flower garden. My Minnesota gardener friend makes it look [Read more...]


Writers Need Editors – And Mine Wants My Manuscript Turned In, Now

Barbara Falconer Newhall in her San Francisco Bay Area writing room with desk and bookcases editing the paper print-out of her book manuscript, "Wrestling with God." Photo by Barbara Newhall

In my writing room with a print-out of the “Wrestling with God” MS. My editor is ready for me to turn it in, but I’m not. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

It’s time. Time for me to put the final tweaks and edits on my book manuscript so that my editor can send it off to be formatted – and published. It’s been years since I started work on “Wrestling with God.” I’ve written draft after draft and tried format after format. I’ve been [Read more...]


At the Hallmark Store — Teary-Eyed in the Sympathy Card Section

An array of commercial birthday cards for mailing. Photo by BarbaraNewhall

My stash of birthday cards. Photo by Barbara Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall.

When the kids were still in the house and I still had a newspaper job to report to, I finally got smart: I started buying birthday and anniversary cards in bunches whenever I spotted some good ones. [Read more...]


In Judge Harbin-Forte’s Courtroom — Where Jury Duty Is an Exercise in Mindfulness

A long line of people waiting to enter the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda, Hayward Hall of Justice, 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA. Photo by BF Newhall

A long line of people, many of them prospective jurors, waited to enter the Superior Court of California building in Hayward at 9 a.m. on a Monday morning. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

Tired of multitasking? Want to get away from Facebook, your cell phone, your boss, and that squeaky faucet that needs fixing? Get yourself called up for jury duty. [Read more...]


At the LA County Museum of Art: Van Gogh, Kandinsky and a Bump on the Head

Red poles adorn a walkway at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Photo by BF Newhall

Walkway at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. No glass walls to encounter here. Photo by BF Newhall

A banner announcing an exhibtion of expressionist art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA. Photo by BF NewhallIn a fire, between a Rembrandt, and a cat, I would save the cat.” – Alberto Giacometti

“Walk carefully and remember that your lives are more important than a piece of art.”  — “The Monuments Men”

By Barbara Falconer Newhall

For Giacometti, the twentieth-century Swiss sculptor, a living thing was more important than an inanimate object, even if that inanimate object happened to be a 300-year-old painting by Rembrandt.

And the heroes of the movie, “The Monuments Men,” charged with preventing the destruction of much of Europe’s art treasures during the closing months of World War II, were told more than once that human lives, including their own, were more important than the art [Read more...]